Human dignity - the basis of human rights to social protection


  • Yermek BURIBAYEV Abai Kazakh National Pedagogical University
  • Zhanna KHAMZINA Abai Kazakh National Pedagogical University
  • Gulzhazira MEIRBEKOVA Abai Kazakh National Pedagogical University
  • Gulim KADIRKULOVA Kainar Academy, Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • Lidiya BOGATYREVA Kazakh National Medical University named after Asfendiyarov



human rights, legal regulation, dignity, social protection, welfare state standards


We argue that using human dignity as a criterion for determining social protection measures is an effective method. Although the concept of human dignity used in the constitutions of individual countries and international documents is vague and contradictory, it can be taken as a basis when justifying the human right to such a level of social protection that guarantees life with human dignity. That is, we adhere to the widespread opinion that human rights are justified by human dignity. We discuss how the concept of human dignity can influence the coercion of state authorities in Kazakhstan to fulfil their obligations to citizens on social assistance, how this concept can influence state social policy. Thus, the submissions can serve as a basis for the improvement of the regulatory legal framework in rights and freedoms protection.


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Author Biographies

Yermek BURIBAYEV, Abai Kazakh National Pedagogical University

(Dr. of Juridical Science) is Associate Professor, the Head of the Department of Jurisprudence Abai Kazakh National Pedagogical University, Almaty, Kazakhstan. He has published over 200 scientific papers. He is the author of seven monographs, two textbooks. Twice, in 2018 and 2019, international company Elsevier-Scopus has recognized him as the best researcher in the field of social sciences in the category “Best Researcher in Social Sciences”. He has published 39 articles in publications in­dexed in the Scopus database, 7 in WoS.

Zhanna KHAMZINA , Abai Kazakh National Pedagogical University

(Dr. of Juridical Science) is Research-Professor in the Abai Kazakh National Pedagogical University, Almaty, Kazakhstan. She has authored more than 150 scientific papers, including 6 monographs, 5 textbooks, 2 manuals, 34 articles - in journals indexed in Scopus, 6 - in WoS. Her areas of interest include social and labour law, protection of human rights, social protection of families and children. Recent publications: “Is it Possible to Achieve Gender Equality in Kazakhstan: Focus on Employment and Social Protection”, “Gender Equality in Employment: The Experience of Kazakhstan”.


Master of Law, doctoral student (PhD), the topic of her dissertation is “Legal Regulation of Labor in the Professional Teaching Staff of Higher Educational Institutions”. She has more than 14 years of scientific research experience in the field of protection of social and labour rights of the individual, has published more than 30 scientific papers, 2 publications in indexed editions in Scopus and WoS databases. Recent publications: “Topical Issues of Social Protection”, “Legal Relationship between Parents and Children”, “Issues of Social Protection of the Population”, “Legal Regulation of the Welfare State”.

Gulzhazira MEIRBEKOVA, Abai Kazakh National Pedagogical University

Master of Law, Associate Professor in the Department of Jurisprudence at the Abai Kazakh National Pedagogical University, Almaty, Kazakhstan. Her areas of interest include labour law and social law reforms, and international labour law. Meirbekova is the author of 36 scientific articles. Latest publications: “Problems of Determining the Nature and Content of the Rights of Subjects of Labor Legal Relations in Kazakhstan and Beyond Its Borders”, “Problematic Issues of Protecting Children and Families”.

Gulim KADIRKULOVA, Kainar Academy, Almaty, Kazakhstan

(PhD in Historical Sciences) is Professor of the Department of Legal Disciplines at the Kainar Academy, Almaty, Kazakhstan. Author of 2 monographs and over 100 scientific articles. Sphere of scientific interests of Kadirkulova: national social policy at the present stage, youth policy, youth public organizations, the spiritual sphere of society, the history of religions. Latest publications: “Social Development of Kazakhstan in the Period of Independence”, “Social Extremum: Philosophical and Sociological Analysis”.

Lidiya BOGATYREVA, Kazakh National Medical University named after Asfendiyarov

Master of Law, the Head of the Department of Medical Law at the Kazakh National Medical University named after Asfendiyarov, Almaty, Kazakhstan. Her research interests: legislation on healthcare and medicine, citizens’ rights in the field of health protection, the legal status of medical workers, legal regulation of medical care. Bogatyreva has published over 30 scientific articles. Recent publications have been carried out on the following topics: “Modern Models of Healthcare Organization: Problems of Legal Regulation”, “To the Question of Formation and Further Development of the Concept Medical Law in Kazakhstan”.


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How to Cite

BURIBAYEV, Y., KHAMZINA , Z., BELKHOZHAYEVA, D., MEIRBEKOVA, G., KADIRKULOVA, G., & BOGATYREVA, L. (2020). Human dignity - the basis of human rights to social protection. WISDOM, 16(3), 143–155.




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